Disability Treaty Defeated in Senate Would Have Made No Changes to US Law

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 1:56 pm

Harry Reid blasted out a reaction to the Senate defeat of an international treaty on disabilities, and the part that should jump out at you is this: It is a sad day when we cannot pass a treaty that simply brings the world up to the American standard for protecting people with disabilities because the [...]

Colombia Trade Deal Would Have Failed as a Treaty

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 6:29 am

As Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explained yesterday, the three trade agreements passed Congress in a whirlwind of activity last night, because a present for the President of South Korea’s visit to Washington today is more important than a considered debate about the role of neoliberal trade agreements and what they have traditionally done to US [...]

Humberto Leal Execution Raises Thorny International Issues

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 6:50 am

The state of Texas is hours away from defying the White House and international law by executing a Mexican national, and the Supreme Court could step in today to stop the execution. Humberto Leal, 38, is awaiting a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to block his lethal injection in Huntsville. He was [...]

Administration Tries Full-Court Press on New START

By: Monday November 22, 2010 7:36 am

I was on Virtually Speaking last night, and we kicked off our discussion by looking at the new START treaty, which Republicans seem determined to block, causing something close to an international incident in the process. This weekend we saw the White House engage in a full-court press in the media, in an effort to [...]

President Kyl Nullifies New START Treaty

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 10:55 am

The Obama Administration was looking to Jon Kyl, for some reason, to determine whether they would be allowed to pass a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. President Kyl has come down from the mountain and delivered his opinion, and it’s a big fat “no,” as usual. Seemingly shutting the door on one of the [...]

Republican Senate Caucus Becomes Bribery Factory, as Kyl Holds Up New START for Pork

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 10:49 am

In addition to the energy/oil spill bill getting deferred to September at the earliest, the Senate also delayed its work on the New START Treaty, which I’ve been calling the Prague Treaty because that’s where it was signed. The Prague Treaty would reduce US and Russian nuclear stockpiles significantly, by about 30%, and put a [...]

Can Any Treaty Get 67 Votes?

By: Friday March 26, 2010 12:12 pm

The agreement between the United States and Russia to reduce their nuclear stockpiles represents a major foreign policy achievement. One problem, though: they’ll need 8 Senate Republicans to cement it into law. In an environment where getting ONE Republican to overcome a filibuster is hard enough, that seems like an almost impossible task. Senatior Administration [...]

Obama Announces Arms Reduction Treaty With Russia, To Be Signed April 8

By: Friday March 26, 2010 8:34 am

The President and key cabinet members just announced a landmark arms reduction deal with Russia, which would reduce stockpiles among the two largest nuclear nations by around one-third. Both nations would still have more than 1,500 warheads after the end of the agreement, but the trajectory is moving in the right direction. Ending a year [...]

Major US-Russia Arms Reduction Pact To Be Inked

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 5:19 pm

I’ve always maintained that the Obama Administration deserves praise for their goal of eliminating nuclear weapons from the planet. Now we’re getting sometangible action on that front. The U.S. and Russia reached a breakthrough agreement Wednesday for a historic treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the former Cold War rivals, the most significant pact [...]

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